Little Girl Dead by Kirsty Ferguson
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Kirsty Ferguson shot me an ARC copy of her new book, Little Girl Dead. If you’re a fan of mysteries, you’ll love this book. If mysteries aren’t your thing, I think you still might enjoy this the pacing and tone. It’s a quick-read that you can consume in one to two sittings, and it’s a real page-turner.
Let’s talk Writer People Problems Ratings. I gave this book 4 stars, which breaks down accordingly:
Cover – The cover of this book is eye-catching and intriguing, but it doesn’t readily relate the genre, nor does it tell readers much about the story. As a result, I give this book cover 4 stars.
Plot & character development – See my full review to understand what sets this new writer apart from other debut titles. In terms of entertainment value and quality storytelling, this book easily gets a full 5 stars.
Faithfulness to genre – As a mystery novel, Kirsty Ferguson delivers exactly the sort of unexpected, but believable plot twists characteristic of the genre. Compared to other mysteries, there could have been a little more complexity to the story, but I think the writer did well to produce a simple, good story. I give this 4 stars.
Format & mechanics of writing – The most telling sign a book is indie produced is how many errors can be found. If you are an absolute stickler for English grammar, you may find the inconsistent use of commas off-putting. I noticed 5 or fewer typos. However, word choice was appropriate, and this book isn’t littered with gratuitous adverbs, as some new writers are prone to do. This was an area where I felt a little bit more time with a professional editor could have made a difference, so I give this 3 stars.
Review – Little Girl Dead is a classic “whodunit” story sure to captivate readers! New author Kirsty Ferguson does an excellent job of building believable characters, injecting their lives with unexpected revelations and weaving a plot that will positively ensnare you.
When sixteen-year-old Cassie Grace gets killed at a friend’s birthday party, detectives on the case follow the leads through twists and turns. Her mother, Lila, is more determined than anyone to get to the truth. Can you guess who killed Cassie? The answer hovers just a page away, sucking the reader deeper into the story. There’s no way to put this book down once you begin it!
High drama, tension and suspense elevate Kirsty Ferguson above the ranks of amateur authors to bona fide master story teller. If you’re looking for a great bedtime read, then look no further. You’ve found it.
Kirsty graciously gave me the opportunity to interview her, and here’s what she had to say about her writing and future projects.
Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My mum used to buy me notebooks and I’d fill them with stories then throw them away. Writing has always been and will continue to be a part of me.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
I write with specific people in mind to make sure I get the descriptions and mannerisms the way I want. I find it easier to use people that I know. Such as Ryan Reynolds for Dan, Rachel McAdams as Lila and Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie.
In Little Girl Dead, the authorities are investigating a murder. Now, that’s a dramatic crime that I hope you can’t cop a plea to, but have you ever been in trouble with the police for anything?
No never! I’m your typical good girl, but what do you expect when your dad’s a cop?
The scenario that plays out in this story is nightmarish. Where did you pull the inspiration? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
I’ve always loved horror. My first brush with the genre was when I read Stephen King’s Cujo at age 9. It left an imprint on my soul and I’ve written horror ever since. Yes I take inspiration from dreams. I quite often wake up from a nightmare and jot down what I was dreaming about, some of those ideas I’ve used in short stories. I also gain inspiration from what is around me.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I am working on the sequel to Little Girl Dead which will be out 13 April, 2016. I plan to make it a series, with 4 books in total.
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